Making hens feel like they’re in a forest

23 09 2015

For his PhD, Misha plans to test the hypotheses that enriching hens reduces their flightiness, startle reflexes and negative judgment biases, and that these three effects covary.

Having extensively researched the welfare benefits of natural stimuli (e.g. plants and natural views) he wants to try some innovative enrichments too, including this one: an amazing dispenser he made himself, that’s designed to spray a puff of plant-y ‘green odour’ (stress-reducing for rats and humans) whenever hens come near.  (The motion detector cost $10, cannabalised from a Glade “Sense and Spray” air freshener!)